A few years ago I had the opportunity to work alongside Dave King on the theme of Hearing Loops. He was working for a charity called Hearing Link that had was developing loop up groups and that included groups in Lewes, Eastbourne and Surrey and I was working for a Company that installs hearing loops that is based in East Sussex and so we had the chance to assist the local groups. Sadly Dave moved on but I have remained in touch with him via social media and his current role is as a editor for the Rotary Club magazine. Today he has explained that an article he has published in the magazine on the subject of Black Lives Matter has been criticised by some of the members of Rotary
“Rotarians angry that the ‘Marxist’ organisation Black Lives Matter has been given a platform in the magazine and is being endorsed by Rotary. One has demanded an apology, plus the reprint of an ‘unbiased and informed’ feature in a future issue. A couple more Rotarians are threatening to resign.”
While it is very disappointing that Dave’s article has raised such challenges, if the people threatening to resign are opposed to a widely supported campaign across our nation to improve the quality of life for people from a Black and Minority Ethnic background then it will presumably improve the prospects of Rotary becoming more inclusive and less biased. In the past I attended a number of Sussex based Rotary clubs to promote a role I was attempting to get involved in and they were a very diverse group of people from all sorts of backgrounds. I also recall that in the past some people I have corresponded with on social media have on occasions claimed I am a Marxist which is always fascinating as I have never studied or adopted any of his views. In one case the person set out to explain why in his opinion my views matched Karl Marx and I found that very vague. As a child I did enjoy watching Groucho Marx so perhaps that is a better match. It is certainly true that there are many extremist people who have been involved in Black Lifes Matter but there are many thousands of people from right across the nation whose views are not in any way political. I have read comments from people who have pointed to a website that has links to the origins of BLM, however the international campaign which has been adopted and supported right across our country is a long way from that website and listening to some of the people who started Black Lives Matter it is very clear that they are not a formal organisation and they do not have any leadership, so this view regarding Marxism is a long way from the truth.